Date of Interview
Keith Hansen was born on 28 July 1921 in Maidenrock, Wisconsin; he grew up there and graduated from high school in 1938. In early 1943 Keith joined the US Navy, and after Basic Training completed diesel school at Raleigh, North Carolina, and navigation training for amphibious vessels at Little Creek, Virginia. By early 1944 Keith was serving in the Pacific; one of the ships on which he served was the landing craft USS LSM-80, which was present at the battle for Okinawa (April - June 1945), and also off Japan after the war had ended. In 1946 Keith was released to inactive duty; he served in the Naval Reserve until 1970, retiring with the rank of commander. Following the war, Keith and his wife Doris (married 1943) settled in Minnesota, where Keith worked in the mortgage department of Equitable Life Insurance Co., and later as a manufacturer's representative for Continental Merchandise; he retired in 1981. Keith was a member of VFW Post 5632, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and in his spare time enjoyed outdoor hobbies. At the time of this interview, Keith and Doris Hansen lived in St. Louis Park.
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Saylor, Thomas, "Oral History Project World War II Years, 1941-1946 - Keith Hansen" (2001). Oral History Project: World War II Years, 1941-1946. 132.